Shaman’s Harvest – Music News

It seems unbelievable that 5 years have passed since Shaman’s Harvest last released but their latest album ‘Red Hands Black Deeds’ was indeed released in 2017.

“Rebelator” seems to be born out of extreme hardship and it certainly has the feeling of music coming from a dark, yet hopeful place.

After ‘Red Hands…’ the band were exhausted from both the recording process and nearly two years of constant touring and Nathan Hunt (vocals), Josh Hamler & Derrick Shipp (guitars) & Adam Zemanek (drums) took on time to rebuild their rehearsal space in Jefferson City.
When that was done and they started putting ‘Rebelator’ together, more problems arose: “A tornado ripped through our town, 2 miles from our studio, razing everything in its path” recalls guitarist Josh Hamler. “Fortunately, no one was killed.” “There were so many stops and starts,” adds Hunt. “There was a flood. Then someone would have to go home, or we’d have a fucking tornado.”
“Or we would run out of money,” adds Hamler with a laugh. “It was like Murphy’s Law at one point – like, Jesus, what else is going to go wrong with making this record?”
Of course, the pandemic didn’t help, and neither did Hunt have to make a decision about amputating his leg after a construction accident 10 years prior left him in constant pain. He had already recovered from throat cancer a few years before, but it was almost breaking point.

But, because of the hardships, the fittest survive and the new album is more than just survival.
As expected, there is tremendous power in their playing but the interlude seems to have added a freshness and sharpness to their sound.
They don’t come off as typical bangers and riffmeisters, there’s real melody and they don’t lack talent in their playing. Zemanek’s drumming is much more focused than many similar bands and Hunt is an excellent vocalist. with a voice that is actually capable of conveying a range of emotions.

It’s one of the albums from this year that opened my eyes to the real winners and losers of the pandemic. Those bands and artists who took advantage of downtime to refocus and grow and those who just lamented their fate and hit the pause button for two years.

Shaman’s Harvest is back with a blast and a great album too. Well worth a long look.